Foods in a Full English Breakfast

Name all the foods served in a traditional English breakfast.
According to the English Breakfast Society
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Food
Back bacon
Eggs
Sausages
Baked beans
Food
Fried tomato
Fried mushrooms
Fried bread / Toasted bread
Black pudding
+13
Level ∞
Jun 10, 2018
Before you whinge, here's what the source says:

"These ingredients may vary depending on where in the Great Britain you happen to be and are a subject that is still open to (sometimes quite fierce) debate, we acknowledge this, so please stop writing to us saying that they are wrong, these are the right ingredients in our learned opinion."

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Level ∞
Jun 10, 2018
"The Southern English however would tell you that black pudding is something that was inherited from the Scottish, but the truth is that in the North of the country black pudding is widely consumed and viewed as an essential part of the traditional full English breakfast."
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Level 67
Oct 8, 2018
I'm a Southerner, and I love black pudding
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Level ∞
Jun 10, 2018
"Hash browns however are a controversial ingredient that many believe do not belong in a traditional English breakfast. We here at the Society believe that hash browns and french fries are used as a cheap breakfast plate filler in badly run cafes, by people who have no respect for our traditions."
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Level 57
Jun 10, 2018
agreed
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Level 78
Jul 10, 2018
This is not meant as a criticism or any form of negative comment, but I do enjoy bubble and squeak with the full breakfast. It just adds another "brick" to the mixture - then a long nap.
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Level 78
Aug 29, 2018
Cheap plate filler in badly run cafes is tradition! Though it should be bubble n squeak, rather than hash browns or french fries (double abomination as 'french'!).
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Level 71
Oct 7, 2018
But hash browns are one of the best bits
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Level 28
Oct 7, 2018
French fries have no place in a breakfast. Hash browns, however, are cheap but lovely.
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Level 67
Oct 8, 2018
Agreed. Although they are often on offer these days, there is no way that they are part of a TRADITIONAL English breakfast
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Level 41
Feb 25, 2021
you Brits are letting pride cloud your judgement. Hashbrowns/homefries are amazing
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Level 78
Jun 10, 2018
Well the English Breakfast Society seem a right barrel of laughs....
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Level 81
Oct 7, 2018
I've ordered a lot of English breakfasts many places including England that came with hash browns, but I don't think I've ever had any with black pudding, and I only got mushrooms about 30% of the time.
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Level 50
Oct 10, 2018
Yes but black pudding is traditionally part- and can be delicious.

Hash browns are increasingly common - and tasty, but not traditional

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Level 48
Aug 20, 2019
no mushrooms?!?!? you've been had mate
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Level 81
Jan 29, 2020
maybe, breasticles. I'm going to write a strongly worded letter to the queen.
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Level 78
Oct 8, 2018
Thank you for accepting blood sausage instead of black pudding.
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Level 81
Jun 10, 2018
I'm glad the English Breakfast that British Air served me skipped the beans and black pudding.
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Level 78
Jun 10, 2018
But black pudding is the best bit!
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Level 71
Jun 10, 2018
No beans?!?!? They hold it all together, otherwise it's a plate of nice but slightly dry, random bits.
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Level 81
Jun 12, 2018
Maybe they decided that beans and airplanes don't mix, even in the name of authenticity.
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Level 84
Jun 11, 2018
Be glad it didn't include WHITE pudding, which is even more... er... stomach-turning
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Level 57
Jun 11, 2018
what is white pudding?
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2018
So foreign that it should be eaten only once a week on any visit to Scotland, and with the same regularity on any visit to Northern Ireland.
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Level 70
Jun 17, 2018
White pudding used to be 'liver Sausage' but sometimes people add pork meat to the liver and even oats to the recipe.
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Level 78
Oct 8, 2018
Sounds a lot like scrapple.
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2021
A white pudding in Scotland is mainly oatmeal - no blood products etc., and it is more like a stuffing. Often served in fish and chip shops, battered, the white pud is a fine addition to many savoury meals, but not the full English breakfast, or even the Full Scottish for that matter.
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Level 56
Feb 26, 2021
Yeah black and white pudding mostly seem to come as a pair here in NI. I didnt really know that the rest of the country didnt have white pudding before this tbh. We also have potato (and soda) bread which most don't.
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Level 57
Apr 7, 2021
I'm glad I didn't eat breakfast the entire time I was in England.
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Level 77
Jun 10, 2018
Some historical accounts suggest that "The Full English" was the reason for creating the NHS.
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Level 75
Jun 10, 2018
Too England-centric.
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Level 84
Jun 11, 2018
Too breakfast-centric.
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Level 60
Oct 7, 2018
HAHAHAHA PCT like it! Plus it makes up for all the baseball, Montana's greatest moments and biggest cities in outer Nebraska we have to endure!
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Level 71
Jun 11, 2018
I got 6/8 just from reading books set in England. However, the thing I'm most delighted to learn is that there's an English Breakfast Society. This is one of the most British/English things I've read.
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Level 74
Aug 17, 2018
I got five by adding the food items in Irish breakfast. They probably don't have such a society.
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Level 78
Oct 7, 2018
That's why they never had an empire, probably.
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2018
I have been serving full English to a large group of friends one morning a year or over 20 years, but have never served fried bread. I is celebrated in many households, but is a step too close to diabetes for me. I have to date no complaints.
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Level 73
Oct 7, 2018
But it can be the best bit. You don't need to douse it in fat - just a little to turn the outside a really crisp golden brown.
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Level 78
Oct 8, 2018
Eating fried bread once a year won't bring you to the brink of diabetes.
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Level 71
Jan 27, 2019
Depends what else they're eating !
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Level 74
Jun 13, 2018
Any fellow cold baked bean eaters here?
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Level 78
Jun 13, 2018
Pervert.
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Level 60
Oct 7, 2018
haha! Here here mrnafe
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Level 65
Oct 8, 2018
NO! Just no.
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Level 70
Jun 17, 2018
Add a cup of hot / strong tea and I'm in.
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Level 57
Oct 7, 2018
Tomato and mushroom, very nice. Meanwhile in our USA: 'Can I get a burger with no veggies?'
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Level 83
Oct 7, 2018
Burger with no vegetables? You mean hold the ketchup?
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Level 59
Oct 9, 2018
Onion?, Tomato?, Lettuce?, Pickles?
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Level 81
Oct 7, 2018
what are you even talking about? Have you seen English food? Or an English breakfast? Looks like the greasy contents of a tipped over rubbish bin. Tastes about how you would imagine based on that description. And feels the same way while working its way through your digestive track. Meanwhile I've never known any Americans to order a hamburger for breakfast; and Baconator aside, rarely seen any burgers served later than breakfast without vegetables. Making myself a lovely fluffy omelette with chorizo, sundried tomatoes and pesto as I type this..
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Level 62
Oct 7, 2018
Hmm... Not really sure what you mean generally by English food. If you specifically mean a full English breakfast then yes it is not very healthy. I don't eat the typical English diet by any means, but I'm just wondering if most of what people eat in England you would consider "English". We tend to eat a pretty wide range from different cuisines. Can't really think what you mean by "the greasy contents of a ripped over rubbish bin", if there's anything specific other than a Full English you would describe this way I'd be interested to hear it. Clearly though the idea that people eat burgers for breakfast in the USA is an exaggeration.
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Level 81
Oct 8, 2018
That's true I've had great food in London it's just not usually what is thought of as traditionally English food.

Though when I have guests visit from overseas here and we go out to eat Thai food and Korean BBQ and pizza and sushi and Pho and Lebanese mezze and maybe some Cajun then I ask how they like American food they'll look confused and say we didn't have any American food.

I'll reply, of course we did, everything we ate was American. What does it matter if it was made originally by Italian or German or French immigrants in the 1800s, or by Asian or African or Arab immigrants more recently than that? It's all American now... and much like, for example, chicken tikka masala was first made in Scotland and is technically Scottish... all of the food you eat in the US regardless of who is making it, it still has an American twist and character.

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Level 50
Oct 10, 2018
As a Brit who has just returned from a trip to the US - I enjoyed the breakfast there, although it was definitely inferior to a British one. Apart from breakfast, the food I have eaten in the US is not great - I've been a few times now, and keep thinking I am just eating in the wrong places or something, but I keep finding the same thing. There is some great beer there though. I am trying to be impartial - but based on my experience British food is superior to US food
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Level 60
Jul 11, 2019
i think the thing is because a pretty much all of the food is modified a lot more recently than those from other countries and so is linked much more strongly with the other country still, therefore it doesn't really feel american which in many ways is an important factor in it being food from america. Anyway i disagree that just a small change makes it from the country, i think it has to go through a significant change to make it not that recognisable from the original product, e.g. pizza being drastically difficult to how it was in italy. If you count every small thing as being a new dish, then suddenly you lose the meaning of food being from a country as there becomes so many that are from said country. (Apologies for wording it so badly, but i can't be assed to change it)
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Level 81
Jan 29, 2020
One downfall of being a tourist anywhere is that you don't always know where the good places to eat are unless you do some research or have a local to show you around.
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Level 68
Mar 2, 2021
The English Breakfast Society sounds like a self-appointed body which holds absolutely zero authority. I am English and I don't eat what is called a "Traditional English Breakfast". But, occasionally I do like a plate populated by couple of fried eggs, 2 x grilled back bacon, slightly charred at the edges, 2 x good quality sausages, mushrooms lightly fried in a little butter, and toast. Baked beans are a fine nutritious food, but they ruin a breakfast for me. Black pudding and white pudding, again, fine food items, but not in my breakfast thanks. I might include a grilled tomato. The two other important items are 1. the condiment, which is, naturally, HP Sauce, and optional, and 2. the accompanying drink, which is of course hot strong tea, either English Breakfast blend, or Assam. I am convinced that if I presented this to you as I make it, you would be very happy, possibly even the curmudgeonly (certainly on this subject) kalbahamut.
+2
Level ∞
Mar 2, 2021
How dare you impugn the authority of the English Breakfast Society!
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Level 78
Oct 8, 2018
I know no one who eats burgers for breakfast, with or without veggies, but sausage and biscuits, Egg McMuffins, or ham and cheese croissants are popular here, which are worse IMO. Since I developed an egg allergy I usually eat a small salad, bowl of soup, or leftovers, or I occasionally join my husband in his usual breakfast of deer sausage, fresh side pork, tomatoes, and fried peppers - all from our farm. Would that make his a "half English"? (We used to enjoy fried mushrooms with it, too, until I had a bad reaction to a hen-of-the-woods and we stopped gathering them.) BTW, last week at his annual checkup the doctor said my husband was the healthiest patient he'd seen in weeks, but that's probably due more to the exercise he gets while growing or hunting our food.
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Level 48
Aug 20, 2019
sorry thats not even half English although it does sound good
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Level 48
Oct 7, 2018
Please include "Antacid" as the final ingredient.
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Level 65
Oct 8, 2018
Mushrooms has the lowest score yet it was the first answer I wrote! My English mum cooks a great English breakfast, but we would never have it for breakfast, rather for dinner.
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Level 55
Oct 10, 2018
I am frustrated that there is no mention of devilled kidneys
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Level 69
Oct 10, 2018
I've stayed at a B&B in the north-east of England that served a large lettuce leaf as part of its full English breakfast. My father insisted it was for decoration; I ate it. The B&B was run by Danes, to be fair.
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Level 62
Oct 10, 2018
I think rashers should be accepted for bacon
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Level 50
Oct 11, 2018
Hate hash browns! Mind you, I think it's probably because ive only ever had the frozen ones which are awful
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Level 19
Oct 21, 2018
Being British, this is so easy!
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2018
So I'm guessing haggis and black pudding are not the same thing.
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Level 62
Nov 11, 2018
Definitely not.
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Level 53
Mar 4, 2019
No tea? This list is invalid.
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Level 62
Jan 16, 2020
That's a drink.
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2021
Tea is so much more than just a drink. It is the only drink which has caused wars and won wars. Tea is an essential part of the Full English breakfast and the Brits are quite particular about their national beverage. Serve a bad cuppa to a Brit and they may report you to the constabulary, and rightly so.
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Level 17
Feb 26, 2021
hello from usa: i rememeber when we fought over tea
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Level 17
Feb 26, 2021
I was thinkin that too.... NO TEA?
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Level 49
Jan 13, 2020
Missing liver and kidney? Both good components of a fry up but both seem to have disappeared in this modern world
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2020
No English muffins?
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Level 34
Jan 16, 2020
Where's my hash browns? Ruined my day, cheers.
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Level 43
Jan 21, 2020
Baked beans have no place in a traditional English breakfast. Unless you're serving children of course.
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Level 78
Jan 21, 2020
That's fighting talk: beans are the anchor of the Full English! They can be badly deployed with too many, or leaking everywhere, but that doesn't stop them being a key background player, without which the dish falls apart. As for tradition, they've been a fully standardised part of the meal for over 110 years now and had long since been something common (though probably in a form more akin to pease porridge), but not ubiquitous as they have been since.
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Level 45
Jan 21, 2020
Full Scottish is much better.

Tattie scone is a million times better than a hash brown.

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Level 78
Jan 21, 2020
Nothing is better than a hash brown. Hence why it's not on the list of things in a Full English - having nothing instead is an improvement! ;)

The various extras that Celtic nations add are all good - especially the potato things: bread, cakes (which are not the same as hashed potatoes), or scones. I will say that perhaps the Scots go overboard by having up to half a dozen type of sausage-type things (link, square, black pudding, white pudding, haggis and fruit pudding)

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Level 37
Jan 21, 2020
i work in a café and we serve black pudding and hashbrown in our full english
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Level 83
Jan 29, 2020
I have never in my life understood why you're supposed to eat only certain foods for breakfast, but absolutely anything imaginable the rest of the day, including "breakfast food". Go out to eat before 10 or 11 A.M. and the variety is paltry and boringly redundant. Any argument about digestion or energy in the morning go out the window when you look at the wide variety of narrow breakfast diets across cultures.

As for all the people shocked by anyone eating a hamburger in the morning, what's the difference between that and steak (a tough, crappy cut) with eggs or the greasiness of seasoned pork products and tons of butter?

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Level 62
Feb 25, 2021
Exactly! The look you get when you get a slice of last nights pizza out the fridge before 12pm, why not?!
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Level 83
Feb 25, 2021
I'll take cold pizza for breakfast any day!
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Level 51
Apr 16, 2020
I'm surprised there's no hash brown
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Level 56
Feb 25, 2021
That's strange ! I'm delighted that there is no hash brown !
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Level 41
Feb 25, 2021
I live in just North of Manchester in a town called Bury which is famous for its black pudding.
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Level 62
Feb 25, 2021
I mean what's traditional anyway? Let every man eat what he wants and likes! Same with the controversy over the roast, and the barmcake debate.
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Level 34
Feb 25, 2021
And a cup of tea to top it off
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Level 17
Feb 26, 2021
yesh
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Level 50
Feb 25, 2021
Um what about hashbrown???
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Level 75
Feb 25, 2021
This must be the most ingenious thumbnail choice in Jetpunk history. If I'm not mistaken these cottages (of Arlington Row in Bibury, Gloucestershire) served as Tolkien's inspiration for Hobbiton. So it's of course a reference ot England but also to Hobbits, who are famous for their rich breakfast.
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Level 78
Feb 25, 2021
Is the Hobbit's breakfast that rich, given they need second breakfast afterwards?
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Level 54
Feb 25, 2021
My ideal breakfast:

Toast

Poached Egg

Bacon

Black Pudding

Hash Brown

Potato Scone

Fruit Pudding

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Level 47
Feb 25, 2021
English breakfast is the worst (mushrooms???)

A full Irish is the way to go:

- Sausage

- Rasher (bacon)

- Black pudding

- White Pudding

- Hash Brown

- Scrambled egg

- optional: toast & beans

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Level 56
Mar 1, 2021
yes, mushrooms. Cut them thickly, dry fry them for a couple of minutes to concentrate the flavour and get rid of the excess water. Then finish them off with a quick flash fry in butter. Nomnomnom...
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Level 23
Feb 25, 2021
I was today years old of finding out Hash browns are not part of a traditional english breakfast.
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Level 17
Feb 26, 2021
i said tea first LMAO